Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in individuals with diabetes is underdiagnosed
and undertreated, leading to increased risk of mortality and morbidity, said
researchers in a consensus statement issued by the American Diabetes Association
The researchers warned that PAD can lead to amputations of the lower
limbs and is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular
disease in all patients (Diabetes Care.2003;26:3333-3341).
In patients with diabetes, the risks associated with PAD are even higher,
said Peter Sheehan, MD, director of the Diabetes Foot and Ankle Center at
the New York University School of Medicine .
Mitka M. Diabetes Group Warns Vascular Complication Is Underdiagnosed and Undertreated. JAMA. 2004;291(7):809-810. doi:10.1001/jama.291.7.809